The Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) is officially underway. The month-long initiative was founded by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and aims to energize the city by urging residents to maintain healthier and more active lifestyles. Sheikh Hamdan, who has been actively encouraging individuals to participate in the challenge, now wants them to get involved in the upcoming Dubai Ride cycle event on November 20, as part of the DFC.
The Dubai Ride will see one of the busiest roads in Dubai, the Sheikh Zayed Road, turned into a cycle track. For the first time ever, residents will be able to cycle along Sheikh Zayed Road as it will be closed to traffic on November 20. The Crown Prince of Dubai, also known as Fazza, took to Twitter to promote the event, asking people to join him for the cycle ride through the city’s extraordinary landmarks.
Dubai endeavors to be among the most active and dynamic cities in the world, and as part of this year's @DXBFitChallenge, we've launched Dubai Ride on November 20, which will pass through the city's top landmarks. Join me by registering at https://t.co/NIreOSgrlj pic.twitter.com/oas27tg1Vh
— Hamdan bin Mohammed (@HamdanMohammed) November 9, 2020
The Dubai Ride is open to cyclists of all abilities, who are invited to participate in the event, where they can choose from two routes; a four-kilometer family ride and a 14km open ride.
For a more family-fun ride, the four-kilometer route is open to those aged five and above and will take cyclists around Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard.
Elsewhere, the more challenging 14-kilometer route is open for those aged 13 or older and will pass through many of Dubai’s major districts and famous landmarks. The 14km track will take part along both sides of Sheikh Zayed Road, which will be closed to traffic from Al Meydan Road to the roundabout at the World Trade Centre, where cyclists will also go past Downtown Dubai, Business Bay and the Dubai Canal.
HH Sheikh Hamdan has said the event is looking to promote cycling among the city’s residents in order to “enhance our health and well-being, or promote environmentally friendly transport in our communities.”
The highest level of safety will be ensured for participants, with speed limits being closely monitored by pace cars, who will also ensure that cyclists follow social distancing regulations.
The Dubai Ride event is free for participants, however, those involved are encouraged to donate and support Education Uninterrupted, a nationwide fundraising campaign that aims to help pupils that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Dubai Ride is taking place on Friday, November 20. Those wishing to take part can register at dubairide.com, however, it is important to note that cyclists must be able to cycle a minimum of 4km and are required bring their own bike and helmet.